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Westheimer Family Grant Bolsters OCU’s Instrument Inventory

A grant from the Jerome Westheimer Family Foundation in Ardmore will bolster the inventory of top-of-the-line musical instruments available to students at the Wanda L. Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University.

The gift will fund five new Selmer student-line bassoons for music education majors, a fully compensating Wilson euphonium and two E-flat trumpets, one manufactured by Blackburn and the other by Schilke Music.

“Great music schools have inventories of the best possible instruments,” said Mark Parker, Ann Hundley Hoover chairman and dean of the music school. “The generosity of the Westheimer Family Foundation is helping us keep our commitment to offer the best tools for our students to learn the art of becoming music educators and to expand upon their performance skills.”

The Bass School of Music, home to more than 400 music majors, is an all-Steinway School, the nation's first Conn-Selmer School and an Apple Digital Campus. The Westheimer instruments will be added to OCU’s inventory, which includes Lyon and Healy harps, extensive percussion instruments, a Schiedmayer celesta and 134 Steinway pianos.

Since its opening in 2006, the $38.5 million, 113,000-square-foot Bass Music Center has hosted artists and educators from around the world ranging from the International Society of Bassists to the NEA-sponsored Arts Education Partnership.

The Bass School has international partnerships with the Tianjin Conservatory in China, the Hed School of the Israeli College of Contemporary Music and Poland's I.J. Paderwski Academy of Music.

Alumni include Emmy, Grammy and Tony Award-winning performers and composers; symphonic and Broadway conductors; leaders in arts education and management; and the 2009 and 2006 Oklahoma Teachers of the Year.